Domain Renewal Scams

The domain renewal scam emails are making themselves known again, so we want to send out a warning to our clients and any other unsuspecting domain name owners.

The subject lines usually go something like, “This is your final notice of domain listing [your domain name]”, and the email layout takes the form of an invoice (see below).

The email will notify you that your domain needs to be renewed and you’ll need to pay them hefty sums to ensure your domain isn’t closed down. As you can see from the above screenshot, the email isn’t the most professional-looking and it’s from an American company (we register our domains with an English company). However, there are alternative “companies” sending scam emails that look far more legitimate than this one, and they are from English companies.

In the email we received, the terms and conditions actually state, “There is no pre-existing relationship between DN and domain listed above.” What chancers!

If you work for a company where there are lots of people authorised to make payments, keep your colleagues informed of the scam before they get the company credit card out. And if you are a smaller organisation, ensure you thoroughly check domain renewal emails and make sure you know who your domain supplier is!

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  • Written by on 28th July 2011 at 11:10
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  • http://twitter.com/mudslidedesign Mudslide Design

    We’ve had identical emails just like this recently. Probably 4 or 5 of them. Good job of bringing it to everyone’s attention.

  • http://twitter.com/mudslidedesign Mudslide Design

    We've had identical emails just like this recently. Probably 4 or 5 of them. Good job of bringing it to everyone's attention.